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A larva of any of various darkling beetles, especially Tenebrio molitor, which infests flour and other grain products and is often used as food for birds and reptiles and as fish bait.


(Animals) the larva of various beetles of the genus Tenebrio, esp T. molitor, feeding on meal, flour, and similar stored foods: family Tenebrionidae



the larva of any of several darkling beetles of the genus Tenebrio, that infests granaries and is used as food for birds and animals.
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Noun1.mealworm - the larva of beetles of the family Tenebrionidaemealworm - the larva of beetles of the family Tenebrionidae
family Tenebrionidae, Tenebrionidae - a family of arthropods including darkling beetles and mealworms
larva - the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose


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Moreover, the two insects used for the study, the black soldier fly or Hermetica illucens (HI) and the yellow mealworm or Tenebrio molitor (TM), can both produce a biomass high in protein and fat, by reclaiming nutrients, including AA and fatty acids, from manure and organic waste, said the researchers.
But perhaps mealworm bread could become as common as Victoria sponge thanks to Huddersfield University student and avid cook Gemma Lamb, whose innovative take on the staff of life has won her a prestigious award.
You can do anything with insects - sweet and sour grasshopper, mealworm macaroni, lime and ginger locusts or cricket cookies.
A bird perching on the rim would peer down inside the pipe at a real mealworm lying on a clear window with a view of the computer screen below.
Moth larvae tacos are on the menu at Don Bugito in San Francisco, mealworm salsa is served at Bug Appetit in New Orleans, and chocolate-covered grasshoppers are a popular dessert at the Bug Fest in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Very popular he was too, particularly as the holidaying character arrived bearing gifts of the mealworm variety.
g bird seed, pears, suet pellets and mealworm, as dunnocks, blackbirds, wrens and robins are primarily ground feeders.
What we found was that the bat emitting the greatest number of FMBs during the time leading up to prey capture was more likely to capture the mealworm than the bat emitting fewer FMBs.
Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae), is used to feed captive mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians because this mealworm is easy to propagate, harvest and feed (Klasing et al.
Stefan added that it will be the food of the future but it won't be called mealworm it will be called an Eco-burger or Save the Planet nuggets.
They worked with a Dutch mealworm producer to compare the environmental impacts of worm farming to the costs of producing beef, pork, chicken or dairy, primarily on three lines: land use, energy use, and greenhouse gas emissions.
But given their reputations for relentless cost cutting, it's only a matter of time before they discover the profit-boosting efficacies of grub nuggets and mealworm burgers.